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"inside politics." that starts right now. thank you, kate. have a great weekend. welcome to "inside politics." i'm john king. thanks for sharing your day with us. president trump departs next hour for a nine day overseas trip. a big test on the world stage complicated by his damaged political standing here at home. >> i'm going to saudi arabia. i'm going to isreal and rome. we have the g7. we have a lot of great things going on. i hate to see anything that divides. >> he calls the investigation a witch hunt and insists there was no collusion between russia and his campaign. but asked if he pressured the former fbi director, the president taking his lawyer's advice and keeping it brief. no. no. next question. and then this question. no one doubts the vice president's loyalty to the boss, but at what price?
pence takes a beating. >> president trump made the right decision and at the right time and to accept the recommendation of the deputy attorney general. >> with us to share their reporting and their insights, abby phillip, laura meckler, cnn phil mattingly and caroon. hardly the first president to board air force one and carry a little extra baggage. this is still an early cross roads, just 120 days into the trump presidency. already historically unpopular. now with no choice but to hire a legal team to help guide him through a high stakes and unpredictable russian investigation led by a new special counsel. >> i respect the move, but the entire thing has been a witch hunt. there is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign. but i can always speak for myself and the russians. zero. i think it divides the country. i think we have a very divided
country because of that and many other things. >> the trip highlights and its complications in a moment. first the president's taupe and his strategy now that the investigation moves to this new level. we know the president prefers combat when challenged. this very right here was telling. >> did you at any time urge former fbi director james comey in any way, shape, or form to close or to back down the investigation into michael flynn and also as you -- >> no. no. next question. >> interesting in that earlier in the day the president had been much more combative on twitter. that was after a meeting with the president of colombia. before that the president had his political team, his personal lawyer and some others at the white house and i'm told it was a more serious discussion about sir, please understand the new world you live in. when it comes to the big stuff like what happened in those conversations with director comey, you best be careful. >> i think there's a growing realization in the building. it started at the staff level earlier this week hearing a lot
of people starting to worry about the fact that the comey alleged oval office meeting in which trump may have asked him according to comey to drop the investigation is a whole other ball game. it falls into some legal territory that is really scary for these folks. i think there was a more sober conversation yesterday. it's time to have some people outside of this administration take a look at this. the precedent here is, you know, during bill clinton's time when he was under investigation, they had a set of outside lawyers dealing with this. it helps take the pressure off of the white house staff and allows them to think about other things. but it also gives them some potential legal fallback so that someone else is looking at what the risks are here which could be very, very serious. >> i think more broadly, there's recognition from people that are close to the white house saying this isn't great, this is going to be problematic, but at least you can now point anytime you get asked about this to the
special counsel. please just do that. don't riff. don't talk about your thoughts. don't give your perspectives. either vocally or on social media or any other platform you choose to use. because anything you say can and will likely be hheld against yo one point another. there's an investigation going on, i'm going to let that continue is the way things are taken from here on out because there's real concern that if he continues to speak on these issues, if he continues to tweet about these issues, that could come back to bite him. >> does someone have the magic possession in the sense that during the campaign when candidate trump got off the reservation, he did recalibrate. but it never lasted more than a period of time. sometimes it was a week or 48 hours. the fear is if there's some headline about the investigation or some headline out of the hearings on capitol hill that the president doesn't like that he will launch again. >> i think it's most likely that he will at some point. i don't know when. i don't know what will set him
off. the idea that somehow now we're moving into a new ultra disciplined trump forever is not likely at all. that said, he has this upcoming foreign trip and he may well be able to stick to the script on those things. one thing probably dawning on him or should be is that this is an investigation that will look at not just what happened during the campaign. not just about the connections between campaign officials and russian officials, but also what has happened since then. so if he -- if the president did in fact pressure director comey to end the investigation or do something that could be seen as obstruction of justice, then that in and of itself as they say, the cover up is sometimes worse than the crime. that can also get him into trouble. i'm not saying that's what happened. but that's part of it. what's happening now, this investigation doesn't have the four walls and it looks at what happened from this day to that day. it continues on as bill clinton found out. >> when we went from white water to paula jones. and bob mueller is known as a
straight shooter. most people believe he will not wander as far from the investigation. if you read the authorizing letter, he gets pretty broad discretion. anything he can connect back to the investigation, if firing the fbi director, putting pressure on the fbi would fit in that. >> you have to wonder if trump has learned from the news cycles of the last week as well because there's been a lot of blow back based on him changing his story. certainly the broad mandate that mueller has right now that no one is sure how broad that is when it get into specifics, it kind of makes this a more controlled situation for trump if he chooses not to react as much as he has. because there's going to be less to react to. congress is going to have to window its investigations because they may bump heads with what's going on now that mueller is leaving. that's another story. another source of frustration. if everything does say under mueller's umbrella, then potentially you're going to have more controlled flow of information. if the president also restrains
himself, then there's fewer provocations. >> to your point about trying to change the media conversation, that was one of the things i was told was impressed on the president. it is his first reflex when he sees things in the media he doesn't like and tries to shape them but what he was told is as you do that there are trained investigators who are taking down every word, who are watching everything you do. what you're doing in the media environment can end up in the legal environment. which is why i was struck where he says there was no collusion and then he edits himself. he said consistently there were no context. and then he found out and i will take him at his word until proven otherwise that he did not that michael flynn met several times with the russian ambassador and then kept those things from the public. i'm a little bit more skeptical, but take the president at his word he didn't know jared kushner met with the russian ambassador during the campaign. the president has several times things did not happen in absolute terms to turnout later
they did happen. something happened. >> the provocations in the media are going to continue. this has been a case that has been tried publicly in many ways. maybe because of the sort of war that trump has been waging with his own intelligence community, with the law enforcement community within the government. so i don't expect these stories to let up. it might actually get worse. so the challenge for trump is going to be so much more intense over the next few months as he tries to rein this in. no good lawyer would tell their client, even if there was no risk to him, you are never supposed to speak about something that could affect you or your societies and trump has not learned that lesson. this is not his world. some people with some guts in the white house and elsewhere have to be able to deliver that message in a real way. >> or take the twitter application off his phone. >> that's not happening. >> it has been tried. i once jokingly said they need to set up an electronic field
around the white house where he thinks it's going out and he sees feedback but it's actually n not. we make jokes about this, but this is incredibly legal jeopardy for the president and his staff. it is largely he said/she said. james comey, a trained fbi investigator, a prosecutor before that, took notes of several conversations with the president that he said made him uncomfortable. he said the president -- he's trained. there's a way to do that in the fbi. the president has had a more casual relationship with the truth at times. and if you're an investigative environment, a trained disciplined prosecutor turned fbi chief james comey's notes are going to be taken more seriously than things said by the president. that's just a fact. >> and i think this goes back to what we've been seeing literally since day one of this presidency when he said he had the largest inauguration crowds. obviously that wasn't true.
they were like what's the big deal? we say it. it may be true . it may not. there was this idea that those of us who insist on things being 100% are being overly stickler. but yet this is when it matters. because it's credibility. >> crowd size, maybe not. but what you told the fbi is director is dead serious. >> when you have a reputation for not being truthful and at least not -- let's not call him a liar but not saying the facts as they are and that happens over and over again. and then you get to somebody who is looking at this from a dispassionate point of view like former director mueller, now special counsel. what's he going to snng. >> and we're waiting to see when comey will testify on capitol hill. we do know as the investigation goes forward, some of commey's friends are stepping up to support him including a gentlemen by the name of ben who says the director told him how uncomfortable he was being
summoned to a dinner with the president, being summoned to a law enforcement event at the white house where director comey wore a blue suit and tried to hide in the back of the room hoping to blend in and hoping the president didn't call him because he thought it was inappropriate. l listen to this account from comey's friend. >> if you watch the video, he extends his hand and comey's arms are really long. he extends his hand kind of p preemptively. the hug is one sided. comey was completely disgusted. >> disgusted? >> disgusted by the episode. he thought it was an intentional attempt to compromise him in public. >> now, i don't think this one episode is going to come central to the big issues down the road, but it does tell you that comey has -- now has a network of
friend who are speebing oaking him and offering their descriptions. come on, he leaned in quite willingly, but this is the world we live? . >> what happened is more about the -- at the time it was happening comey talked to other people about how he was feeling. the fact that he was feeling pressured, he has backup for that. that's what matters in terms of his credibility. i think that's a big problem for the president. >> let's not forget that at the time that was a huge moment. everybody noticed it. it wasn't like it was a thing that happened and no one thought it was odd. everyone thought it was -- >> like the president remarked, he's more famous than me. >> everyone asked the question what is going on here. and so now we know comey's side of it. what is the president's side of it? what was he trying to say? this is the same person who after the election was thanking huma abedin and anthony weiner for the circumstances under
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>> it's now considered a criminal investigation and congress's ability to conduct investigations of all things, russia has been severely limited. probably in an appropriate fashion. >> you touched on this a bit in the last block. is he certain or is that just the big question? there's the house intelligence committee, the senate intelligence committee, lindsey graham's sub committee. have they been told point blank dial it back or do they think that's going to happen? >> it's the latter. they haven't been told stand down, we don't need you anymore, get out of our way, but effectively they can't get in the way of the active fbi investigation. they know they don't have the resources to match. they don't have the mandate that can match it. again, that's why there's so many separate committees looking at pieces of this and requesting documents. you have oversight and government reform jump into the mix. there's a lot of chaos in the congressional side. >> congress? >> shocking.
i know. there's a lot of chaos in this investigation, how well it's organized. there's concern even where there's not chaos there will be dec decon -- so that we don't impede the criminal investigation to the extent it's going and if mueller pursues a broad mandate that's going to happen a lot. as graham continued to say how do you tell someone we're subpoenaed you for documents and they'll bring in the fifth amendment where there's actual consequences versus a public report. >> he came out after rod rosenstein was up on capitol hill. he was on the senate side yesterday, the house side today. a lot of grumpy people because the white house initially fired the firing on rod rosenstein. he wrote a memo essential saying in his view the director had lost public trust . in his testimony and how he handled the clinton e-mail investigation. rod rosenstein will not talk publicly
publicly about what he said. it's a private meeting. but he did release some of the statements he gave which he defend defended himself. he also made clear what the white house initially told you and not true. my memorandum is not a statement of reasons to justify a for cause termination. my memorandum and not a sur -- it is a candid internal memorandum about the fbi director's public statements concerning a high profile criminal investigation. he went on to say i wrote it, i believe it, i stand by it. the white house used that as its initial -- this is essentially the entire justification. then the president said no. rosenstein, correct me if i'm wrong, told the lawmakers he knew as he was drafting the president had already decided no matter what he wrote comey was toast. >> he toll the lawmakers that he found out on may 8th that jim comey was going to be fired and he wrote the memo on may 9th. he also said he agreed it. but the memo was not a recommendation and clearly the decision had already been made
which as you point out flies in the face of what white house officials said but also -- until they were undercut by the president. then they went back to the memo as rational yesterday. we heard there was frustration on the deputy attorney general's side. but while lawmakers were, on the briefing itself, he was def reshl, this was the key take away that just about everybody coming out pointed to. that he clearly was told that jim comey was going to be fired and then he sat down and wrote the memo which again flies directly in the face of what white house officials say. >> there's a missing piece which is was he told moo-to-writo wrio which is a question he won't answer. they're trying to push him to close that gap. did somebody tell you that or did you do it yourself and he
keeps saying that's bob mueller's territory. >> he's confirming that bob mueller or at least he believes bob mueller will make central to his investigation how and why james comey was fired and was it a connection to the president being unhappy with the state of play in the investigation. one of the debates last week was there was a story leaked that comey was fired after asking for more resources after the investigation. it was pushed back from the justice department. number two in the house republicans came out after the meeting and said that rosenstein said one of the questions was for public. he already said it, that he has no evidence that comey asked for further resources. is that the final word on that? >> i was told explicitly the lawmaker who asked that question after he received that answer said can i say that outside of this briefing radio am? it was a classified briefing. and through deputy attorney general said yes, you can talk about this. they clearly want to make this public. obviously the justice department went on the record disputing this. now the deputy attorney general is giving members of congress the freedom to come out and dispute this. they want this out there, that that never happened at least in
the way it was initially reported or at least in the way jim comey apparently thinks it happened. >> it doesn't mean -- there still is evidence that the russia investigation was heating up. subpoenas were going out. they were taking it to a high level. whether there was a specific request for resources may not be the case. there's still an escalating investigation that might have made the white house -- >> and one of the big issues on the table is who replaces comey. that person might be breathing a sigh of relief in that mueller is there to take the investigation. bull mueller will still come through you when he needs resources. the president conceded yesterday that former senator joseph leeberman, that he's a leading candidate. algore's running mate back in 2000. ran himself head sbog ting into 2004 cycle.
this is -- >> i just don't think it ought to be a politician. never had a politician head of the fbi. i don't care whether it's hamilton jefferson or lincoln. i just don't think that's the right pick at this moment given all the events that are swirling around the fbi. >> but is this that they think you need a career prosecutor, nuts and bolts guy, or is this because democrats have some grievances against him who backed john mccain, who lost a primary and then ran as an independent? is it the old bad democratic blood or career prosecutor or both? >> i think it's both. let's keep in mind he's been perso persona nongrata for a long time. they were very close. >> he also backed michael flynn
for national security adviser. >> he also did that. he trashed barack obama when he did that. if he's going to speak at that 2008 convention, say good things about mccain who everybody respected. you don't have to go out of your way to trash the democratic nominee but he did. he said he had seen nothing from substance from him in the senate. i think there's been a lot of dislike of joe lieberman for a while now. >> if he did it would there be enough republican cover or would he lose republicans? >> well, he only needs 50, right? pence can make the tiebreaking vote f. they wa vote. if they want to rally around him, there was the same discussion with merit garland. but then he was the politician. but you saw merit garland's name be floated, like, this is your guy. >> very quickly said thank you, no. i didn't get the robe i wanted but i've got a pretty good robe, i'll keep it.
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welcome back. as we noted, president trump is about to leave for his first international trip. stop one, saudi arabia. there's a big arms in the work. the royal family is willing to set aside that the president said not all that along ago that the kingdom is weak and would collapse without the united states military support. oh, and there's this. >> it wasn't the iraqis that knocked down the world trade center. we went after iraq. we decimated the country. iran's taken over. but it wasn't the iraqis. you will find out who really knocked down the world trade center, because they have papers in there that are very secret. you may find it's the saudis. you will find out. >> after saudi arabia, isreal is next. fresh anger there that the president shared top secret israeli intelligence with the russians a few days back and they also know this promise will not be kept anytime soon. >> we will move the american embassy to the eternal capital
of the jewish people jerusalem. >> later in the nine day trip there's a big nato summit. leaks out of the white house in recent days said some allies worried again the president still might think this. >> nato is obsolete. it was 67 years or it's over 60 years old. it is many countries. doesn't cover terrorism. okay? it covers the soviet union which is no long ner in existence andt has to be changed for the better. >> it is just hard to overstate that the interesting issues that are going to come up on this trip, the first time for this president, the fact that it happens when he's in the tank politically and in some trouble back here at home. let's go around the table and sort of what are you most looking or on this trip? >> you know, what's been interesting talking to people, foreign leaders, diplomats, that sort of thing, there is sort of a deep well of ability to put
aside trump's rhetoric from the campaign and just deal with the trump of now. because they see all of this as an improvement on the past. they agree, all of the stuff that trump said during the campaign not good. but if trump is moving in the right direction, a lot of people are willing to accept that. i think the saudis are in that camp. whatever he said about us six months ago, eight months ago, whatever. if he's willing to go hard against iran, we can work with that. >> and if he's willing to give us weapons and not complain we used them against the rebels. they also don't mind the family business part of it. officially in the middle east. they're family businesses and have been for decades and decades. >> you wouldn't know it from watching trump these days, but when you're in washington you have a lot of control over the agenda. you're able to decide what happens. when you're on a foreign trip,
you don't have that control. you have the other countries, summits, other nations say things that are uncomfortable from the united states. you have to deal with a lot of other players that are their own actors and a much tougher way really than congress ever will be. so i think there's no doubt in my mind that trump is going to try and probably largely succeed in sticking to the script of what his advisers have suggested he say in these very difficult situations. i don't really expect him to go to nato and say you guys are all of a bunch of free loaders. it's not a campaign. he's not going to do that. but the question i would be looking for is how is he going to react when something happens that sis unexpected, and cuts against u.s. interest and he has to deal with it in a way we haven't seen? he got a lot of praise when he went to mexico as a candidate. he was there for a couple hours and everything went fine. look, great, he can do the world stage. well, there's a big difference between a half day trip to mexico as a skd aand a nine day
to some of the most primportant places in the world as president. >> you're going to different time zones. it wears you out whether you're 70 years old or 30 years old. it wears you out. >> i'm struck by the stakes, which are huge, and the bar, which is low. i don't mean that as a critique. when you talk to people in foreign policy establishment, they say look, if he just kind of sticks to script, if he reads speeches that aren't inflammatory, if he continues his progression away from the campaign rhetoric, that will be a victory and that will be very appreciated at each stop. now, i do think your point is a crucial one. the exhaust on these strips is not a small thing. i think the president has an energy level that i've never seen before having covered his campaign. but being in a different country, being in a different
time zone, meeting after meeting after meeting where any slip could be an international incident is not a small thing. while the bar is low, the opportunities to screw up royally are huge. there is an understand figure he comes in and over the course of the nine days operates at a fine level, it will be a success. and that's i think what the administration is kind of looking at. >> if it plays that out, given what's happened here in the last ten days. >> there's that adage of what i say and not what i do. he's said a lot of things that could be upsetting to people, like the leaders of saudi arabia. and human rights kind of out the window. other things they've worried about for a long time not front and center for this administration. there will be a more controlled environment than in other places. who is going to be entering these conferences, these discussions, will he end up
having to have any public interactions in the west where it's a more open forum. that will be where this starts to go off script because there isn't a cryscript they can cont. >> we're focusing more on the president, but how the other leaders treat him. there's a willingness to forgive and forget most of what happened during the campaign as long as you can do the business you want to do now. we've seen this. theresa may, president erdogan of turkey, very different people both did the same thing. they praised the president. they bring up his election victory to try to pump the president up and get on his good side. peter baker wrote it this way. tips for meeting trump, keep it short. no 30 minute monolog for a 30 second attention span. do not assume he knows the history of the country. contrast him favorably with barack obama. this is like crib note it is for foreign policy. is it that simple? >> we've seen it play out here in washington. when world leaders come to the white house to meet with trump, they do all of those things almost to a tee.
you'll hear it in their oval office handshakes. you'll hear it when they're on the podium congratulating the president on his enormous victory. they understand that these small gestures are worth doing if it's going to get them an overall better relationship. nobody wants a bad relationship with the united states. nobody in this world stage can really afford that. so that's why you're seeing so much grace being extended to trump at this point. >> and a giant challenge. sunday morning our time in saudi arabia he's going to give a big speech where he's going to call on islamic nations to join the united states in the fight of against terrorism. he's going to talk about battling extremism. steve miller is helping him write the speech and that has a lot of people in that part of the world history because of his history in the campaign when trump said this. >> i think islam hates us. there's something there that is
a tremendous hatred there. there's a tremendous hatred. we have to get to the bottom of it. there is an unbelievable hatred of us. >> in islam itself? >> you're going to have to figure that out. >> there's an effort to turn the page, but those words cannot be forgotten. >> no, but he's also not going to a place where people will get in his face and challenge him on necessarily. barack obama went to cairo to make his speech. trump is going to saudi arabia. saudi arabia everything is tightly controlled society. the government decides when to use religion, when to not, when to make alliances with religious groups and when to not. if he went to -- limited options given the state of things, but if he went to another regional capital, he would have to risk that because whether there's not super open dialogue it's more
open than saudi arabia. >> six weeks ago you would have thought isreal would be a guaranteed great spot because of his relationship is prime minister netanyahu. if you pull it up, trump to demand prime minister curb settlements. and also post poll president's popularity plummeting among jewish israil res. every stop on this is a friendly one there. every stop here has complications. >> absolutely. and he has chosen, has itinerary for this first trip is an incredibly high stakes one to all of these places where they are complicated. president bush, his first trip was i believe to mexico. president obama was to canada. these are safe easy trips where you can at least maybe not as easy today with our trying to pull out of nafta, but -- so
these are difficult situations. and where he's around the table with a lot of other leaders. one of the thing president obama hated was he had to sit and listen to these people where they had to talk on and on about their own agendas. these are hour long meetings. i'm kind of curious how trump is going to enjoy being seated and sometimes listening to a translator to long, long speeches. >> and we've learned at these meetings from open mic meetings from trickle out. there was a shoulder rub to angela merkel at one of those. >> when the vatican isn't a safe haven visit based upon your history, it shows you this is a pretty thorny trip. at the end of the nine day trip you would think an audience with the pope would be a time when you can finally exhale. but based campaign history and twitter fights with the pope, that apparently is not the case. it underscores what everybody has been saying.
>> i think one of the more interesting stops will actually be in isreal because he said he can do so much. general culture shock. >> all presidents start down the middle east path hopeful. the incoming from representatives, other representatives of foreign governments reaching out, is he really in that much trouble, is he going to survive. they are following the news in the united states. up next the president describes mike pence as his loyal right hand man. but is the vice president in the loop? wahhhh... right. in. your. stomach! watch this!... >>yikes, that ice cream was messing with you, wasn't it? try lactaid, it's real ice cream, without that annoying lactose.
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mike pence was chairman of the trump presidential transition but says he was not aware of michael flynn's election year lobbying for turkey until it was reported back in march. by then flynn had been fired as national security adviser for lying to the vice president about something else. >> well, let me say hearing that
story today was the first i heard of it. and i'm fully support the decision that president trump made to ask for general flynn's resignation. >> you're disappointed by the story? >> the first i heard of it and i think it is an affirmation of the president's decision to ask general flynn to resign. >> more recently the vice president took a lead role in explaining where the boss fired fbi director james comey. >> president trump made the right decision at the right time. and to accept the recommendation of the deputy attorney general. >> but we all know now that wasn't the real reason. not even close. cnn catalogs a touch stretch for the vp and it includes this. we knew we needed to be prepared for the unconventional, not to this extent. what is the state of pence land right now? you guys see him a lot on
capitol hill. he's doing commencement speak. there's been some talk he's stepped back on purpose because he's a little tired. you could be fired from the work or all the undermining you might say. >> i would say the most jarring thing was an invent with the pence presidential campaign and also over at nbc with the vice presidential campaign. both of them have stories making very clear there is major frustration within fence world about what's occurred the last couple of days, last couple weeks. pence's team is very smart team. they're not unintentional. these are two very plugged in reporters who at the same exact time have frankly somewhat damaging stories about the relationship between the with president and the vice president. i think there's a lot of frustration. i think when you see the vice president's whole, particularly on capitol hill which he plays very well and a lot of republica republicans appreciate his willingness to spend time with them, the question is how often
will he be put in these situations. >> and if you're in those meetings, whether it's health care, fax reform, are they less likely now to trust what the vice president tells them thinking that's the president? that he's speaking for the president? or is he speaking for mike pence? >> he's still got a relationship with a lot of people on capitol hill. i don't think it's they don't trust him. the question is is that the conduit to the decision maker and that puts him and the lawmakers in a similar boat . if we believe they're all speaking based on what they know as well as they can represent, then the question is are they actually being equipped to do that based on the length it's supposed to be there. >> take it through that filter in "the new york times" today in a piece about pence. a lot of chips were filed on pence as being the gran touaran the agenda. it's undercut as no one ever told me.
it's hard to act like the prime minister and the man in the dark at the same time. >> i think folks on the hill recognize pence as being on a high wire act where he's trying to maintain his closeness to the president and in order to do that he has to sort of give the party line sometimes. and he's dealing with an unpredictable boss. so i think a lot of people are giving him a little bit of leeway here to sometimes be wrong, sometimes be on the wrong side of stories, because they recognize that what pence is doing smartly maybe for his benefit and also for this administration's benefit is keeping his foot in the door. he is staying in the room even if he is not always throwing his weight around in that room. >> if you have in the back of your mind pence 2024, you've got to protect your brand. that's one of the questions as we go forward. up next trump says he's the target of a witch hunt. yes, history does repeat itself. [customer] yeah, hi. i don't have my debit card
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take control. ask your doctor about nonprescription ibgard. welcome back. look at that right there. that's a headline is just so yesterday except it's july 22nd, 1973. "washington post" scoop reprinted from "the washington post" in the los angeles times. richard nixon sees the watergate investigation as a witch hunt. and president nixon has a soul mate in our current president. >> i respect the move, but the entire thing has been a witch hunt. there is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign. >> i think the comparisons to the investigation of this president and watergate are sometimes well overhyped, but it does tell tyou there is a playbook. pre-twitter, presocial media, pre-internet, almost precolor television, but not quite use
when they're under siege like this. you have to keep your political base. >> richard nixon was stewing privately about this. he thought he was being unfairly targeted, but he didn't actually voice a lot of this publicly. that story cites insiders for that witch hunt comment. donald trump is now taking everything nixon did privately and putting it on twitter and in newspapers. that is the big difference. >> to be fair richard nixon didn't have twitter so you have no idea. i will note in the same press conference president trump also referred to enemies in saying that even his enemy say there was no collusion. a lot of similar language, but maybe don't follow the playbook of the guy that had to resign. >> we're being fun at the end. we have the 1989 video of the two men together. president trump businessman, president nixon retired. they were in houston for john conley's birthday and a
fund-raiser. these pictures from 1989. donald trump with his first wife there. >> it seems like everybody has -- donald trump has been in a picture with just about everybody. all these pictures just keep cropping up. >> thank the good lord for libraries. thanks for joining us for "inside politics." back here monday as. wolf blitzer picks up our coverage after a quick break. poe hansel and gretel came upon a house made out of gingerbread. being quite hungry, they started eating the roof. the homeowner was outraged. luckily the geico insurance agency had helped her with homeowners insurance. she got all her shingles replaced. hansel and gretel were last seen eating their way through the candy cane forest. call geico and see how easy it is to switch and save on homeowners insurance. we can bounce backthing about bfrom anything.s that
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